The Risks of High Sensation-Seeking Personalities

We have had the great privilege of hearing Dr. Carter present at the Institute several times. His evaluations are beyond glowing! His intelligence, humor, vast clinical experience, and ability to share clinically rich and meaningful information with such warmth and accessibility make him that rare breed of teachers who know how to infuse learning with...

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4 Ways to Define Early Child-Caretaker Attachment Styles

I just had the privilege of giving the keynote address, “Trauma and Attachment” to a large group of clinicians at a conference in Kentucky. Although these were seasoned and extremely dedicated mental health workers, I was struck by the extent to which they appreciated the information about insecure, ambivalent, or disorganized attachment patterns and the...

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How to Respond to Disclosures of Trauma

Here is how you can offer your client a reparative experience in the way that you respond to their painful disclosures of trauma.

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The Message of Fall

Autumn is one of my favorite seasons; I always associate it with magnificent foliage.  As a therapist, it also occurs to me that as the bright green leaves of Spring and Summer turn to brilliant shades of magenta, orange, and lemon yellow and inevitably fall to the ground, Mother Nature offers us a valuable life...

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Tragedy in Las Vegas: How we can cope

Las Vegas. Another unspeakable, senseless tragedy. It’s impossible for us to wrap our minds around this kind of heinous act. When we’re faced with the tragic massacre of innocent lives, not only do we experience acute shock, outrage, and grief, our sense of the world being a fundamentally unsafe place gets rekindled and reinforced.  It’s...

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Letting Go of Self-Destructive Behaviors

Lisa discusses her workbook “Letting Go of Self-Destructive Behaviors,” and how mental health clinicians can use it to offer clients ways to communicate the pain they experience, and short circuit the overwhelming thoughts and feelings. Learn about methods that you can use to help clients genuinely feel self-soothed and comforted.

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The Power of De-Pathologizing Clients’ Struggles

As a clinician and educator, it has long been my passion to promote the idea of a strengths-based approach to treating clients.  Rather than focusing on what’s “wrong” with them and attempting to fit them into a neat diagnostic package, I am far more interested in what’s “right” about them.  How did they survive? How...

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Increasing Self-Compassion

Do you have clients that speak negatively about themselves? Learn about external resources that you can suggest to help your clients discover kinder ways to think about oneself and speak with self-compassion.

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It Makes Sense Given Where You’ve Come From

Why it makes sense that trauma survivors engage in destructive behaviors after they’ve experienced their trauma. And how depathalogizing and normalizing their behaviors can help.

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Working With Clients’ Dissociation

Is dissociation an issue for some of your clients? Do they tend to zone out during sessions? Watch this video to discover why this might happen, and learn ways that you can help them to, instead, be grounded and present during therapy.

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